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7th February
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Int. All Sports
Empire Resorts
Shun Tak Hold.
Shuffle Master
Macau Success
888 Holdings
Las Vegas Sands
Melco International
Multimedia Games
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Leeds            Leeds Today
Casino boss was killed the day before dinner for children's charity

Hull & Leeds            ThisisHull/Hull Daily Mail
Casino boss dies in knife horror
Napoleon's casino director Barry DeLacy was stabbed to death at his Leeds apartment on the 3rd February. A 27 year-old man was arrested at the scene and is presently being questioned by West Yorkshire Police.  Mr. DeLacy was formerly the casino manager onboard the QE2 and a founder of midlands based Blue Chip Casinos.

Leeds            Leeds Today - Corrected link
Casino boss stabbed to death in flat
Background details on Mr. DeLacy's career in the casino business.

Leeds            Yorkshire Today/Yorkshire Post
Friends pay tribute to casino boss murdered at his flat

YEP: 7th February

Austin, Texas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Multimedia Games Reports First Quarter Diluted EPS of $0.05

Newton, Mass.            PRNewswire
Casino City Press Releases 2006 Online Gaming Business Directory

British casino plans...
Newcastle            icNewcastle/Evening Chronicle
Historic hotel in bid for casino

Blackpool            Blackpool Today
Casino bid 'vital for economy'

Wakefield            ThisisDerbyshire/Evening Telegraph
Waystone plans £200 million super casino complex

Southampton            ThisisHampshire/Daily Echo
Council applies to build super casino

Singapore & U.K.            The Edge Daily
Quek in UK casino ops - Tan Sri Quek Leng Chan.

Los Angeles            Yahoo/PRNewswire & Reuters
WPT Enterprises Engages Advisor to Explore Strategic Alternatives
WPT Enterprises to explore possible merger

Tasmania & Australia            Sydney Morning Herald
Betfair opens account as bookies call for access to big boys' internet action

Gulfport, Mississippi            Biloxi Sun-Herald
High-tech chips let casinos keep trackRadio signals thwart thieves

Las Vegas            MSN MoneyCentral/Business Wire
Global Cash Access Signs Multi-Year Contract with Station Casinos

Mexico   - Barnard R. Thompson
Congressional Probe into Mexican Gaming Goes On

Hong Kong            ETNews/South China Morning Post
Cards stacked against gaming firms: report
Money laundering concerns in Macau could be a problem for SJM's proposed Hong Kong IPO.

Tasmania   & ABC Online
Betfair begins operations in Tasmania
Betfair gaming licence begins

Cubus Lux Plc - Acquisition of Plava Vala d.o.o
Additional headlines...
Manhattan software firm celebrates gambling win
Ethiopia to kick-start casino in five-star hotel: official
Gavriely, Abarjil arrested for money laundering

6th February
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Progressive Gaming
Golden Resorts
American R.E.P.
Galaxy Entertainment
Betbull - Austria
Boyd Gaming
Partouche Group
Empire Resorts
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
The Signature at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, to Debut in May 2006

London            Sunday Business Post &
UK lottery firm gets early bonus
CHARIOT (UK) PLC - Admission to AIM

BIL International Limited - Certificate of Approval obtained from The Gambling Commission of Great Britain

Las Vegas        Las Vegas Review-Journal
Family footsteps formed career path for Boyd exec - Michael Gaughan Jr.

Problem Gambling - Wisconsin            Millwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Embezzling blamed on gambling addictions - Detailed report.

Las Vegas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Plans Name Change to Bally Technologies, Inc.

Connecticut            The Hartford Courant
Critic Attacks Casinos - Some Question Beecher's Motivation

Illinois            Chicago Sun-Times
Gaming Board to consider carding all casino visitors
Since 2003 3,200 individuals have signed up to Illinois's exclusion programme. 88 of those on the list have been arrested for gambling repeatedly.

South Africa            Yahoo/Reuters
Strip clubs and gambling boom in South Africa

Las Vegas & London            Yahoo/Business Wire
Cyberview Technology to Supply Largest-Ever Multi-Draw Jackpot Game for Venezuela

AIM Press releases  
YooMedia plc - Trading Update
Top Ten Holdings plc - Acquisition of Bravo Bingo Clubs
SkillJam signs exclusive agreement with UK-based 'The Sun Online'

"Golden Handshakes" bei den Casinos
Casinos Austria's voluntary redundancy programme.

Coventry            icCoventry/Coventry Evening Telegraph
Calls to back Ricoh 'super casino' plan

Israel            Jerusalem Post
Police reveal illegal gambling, money laundering scandal

Macau            Yahoo Asia/Asia Pulse
Macao Records 2.5 MLN Chinese Lunar New Year Border Crossings
Additional headlines...
Smoking ban in betting shops breath of fresh air - Scotland.
Some say new owner of casinos is lobbying to change rules - Illinois.
Groupe Partouche : projet de cession de 4 casinos en France et au Maroc
Online gambling needs tighter laws - survey - Britain

5th February

Las Vegas           Las Vegas Sun
Jeff Simpson notes that not all Stardust workers will retain Boyd Gaming jobs

Las Vegas & Asia           Las Vegas Review-Journal - Rod Smith
INSIDE GAMING: Casinos follow flow of money to Asia 

London & Australia           Sydney Morning Herald
Betfair out to conquer the world

Seoul, South Korea            The Korea Herald
Lady Luck takes gamble on casino foreigners
Seven Luck Casino to Open January 27, 2006 - PRWeb 22nd, December 2005.
The 80 table "Foreigner-only" Seven Luck Casino opened 27th January in Seoul. The operators are the Grand Korea Corp. (a subsidiary company of the Korea Tourism Organization) who are planning to open a second casino at the Millennium Seoul Hilton in May and a third at the Busan Lotte Hotel in June.

Detroit            USA Today
Super Sunday a day for super wagers
Nevada will release statistics detailing betting volume in the State's Sports books but the big money is now online. Rule No: 1 for the Superbowl betting is always take the dog. The Seattle Seahawks are generally +4.

London & New York            Yahoo/CNW - 3rd February
Electronic Gamecard Secures Order From UK's Largest Gaming Centre Operator

London            The Sunday Times
Councils vie to be Britain’s Vegas

Bangkok            Bangkok Post - Temporary link & The Nation
Police face probe after casino bust - More than 260 gamblers arrested
Police sweep nets 262 people at illegal city casino

New Zealand  
Trust has gaming license suspended

Louisville, Kentucky  
The Battle Over Casino Gambling In The Bluegrass

Problem Gambling  
Pill Claims To Curb Gambling Addiction

Singapore            The Malaysian Star
Casino giant to curb social problems - Harrah's/Keppel Land

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania            Tribune Review & Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Fans urged to back gambling license bid
500 show support for Penguins' new arena-casino proposal
Casinos will offer many amenities beside slots
Additional headlines...
The dark side of the falls - Nigara Falls, Ontario.
Four Arrested After Shooting At Indian Reservation Casino
Lottery lunacy - Financial Times Editorial.
L.V Advisor: Question of the Day - 99¢ bacon-and-egg breakfasts.

4th February

Sheffield            Yorkshire Post
City joins race for super casino

The Bahamas            The Bahama Journal
Casinos Get Green Light

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal
Strategy to shift staff of Stardust - Boyd also wants to move customers to its other properties

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Review-Journal & Las Vegas Sun
McCarran tally: 44.3 million
Tracks may lead to McCarran - Monorail addition could run by 2010

Las Vegas            In Business Las Vegas - Liz Benston
Strip resigned to strict Super Bowl regs

Casino jobs looking odds on bet

Preston, Lancashire       The Times Online
Pools Perms and Punters
The Littlewoods Pools ‘Football and Fortunes' exhibition is open to visitors from 10th January to 31st March.

Atlantic City            The Press of Atlantic City
Lawyer pleads guilty to laundering stolen money at A.C. casino

San Diego, California            Newsday/AP & San Diego Union-Tribune
Three Shot to Death Near San Diego Casino
3 killed, one hurt in shooting near Harrah's Rincon Casino

U.S. Illegal Gambling busts            Various media
Two arrests after Dunedin gambling raid - Dunedin, Florida. 51 slots seized.
Illegal Gambling Operation Raided - Manassas, Virginia. Home Poker Game.
Officers Investigate Robbery; Bust Gambling Ring - Atlanta.
State to file 77 charges for illegal gambling machines - Omaha, Nebraska.
Convicted gambling kingpin is arrested - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Problem Gambling            Various media
Employee arrested in theft of $400,000 - Minnesota.
Embezzling to feed an addiction - As above. Interesting video
Gambling Addict Confesses To Beating Elderly Woman - Lakewood, Colorado.

Las Vegas & Tunica Mississippi            Las Vegas Sun - Jeff Haney
On LV's Negreanu plays 'small ball' to earn big win on World Series of Poker circuit in Tunica
Daniel Negreanu is the resident professional at Wynn Las Vegas.

Ft. Lauderdale   Gets Rolling on Auction Website

Canada ?  
New site looks to profit at the intersection of auctions, gambling

Austin, Texas            Austin American-Statesman
Texas Gaming Association plans push for casinos
Additional headlines...
10 bald men plead not guilty to gambling - Malaysia
Gambler Wins Three Cars In 12 Years At One Casino - Minnesota
Bus to casinos crashes in N.J.

3rd February
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Empire Online
Alliance Gaming
Int. Gaming Holdings
Macau Success
Station Casinos
Wynn Resorts
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Birmingham            icBirmingham/Birmingham Post
City still in fight for super casino

Edinburgh, Scotland            The Scotsman
Do we want casino's smokers next door? You bet we don't - Gala Maybury

Singapore            Yahoo/Business Wire
Taubman/Gordon Team with Harrah's Entertainment and Keppel Land for Marina Bay Integrated Resort

St. Lucia            Jamaica Observer
St Lucia to open first casino - Hoping to boost island's tourism industry

Palm Beach, Florida            Sun -Sentinel & Palm Beach Post
Permit snag sinks day cruise expansion
Big Easy casino cruise ship stops operations

Vienna, Austria  
BETANDWIN.COM Presents preview of preliminary results
The release also has details of court cases in Germany and Italy involving advertising and cross border betting within E.U. member states.

Washington            BellevilleDemocrat/AP
SEC subpoenas poker star's Web site chief

Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia            ITAR-TASS & Pravda
All gambling houses to be closed in N Ossetia
Criminal case over Vladikavkaz gambling club blasts opened
Blasts in gambling clubs in Vladikavkaz kill 2, injure 16
Blasts in gambling clubs in Vladikavkaz kill 2, injure 16
North Ossetia Map

London            DCMS
Transitional arrangements for the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005 - Consultation Paper
Gambling Act 2005 – Transitional Arrangements - DCMS publication
The Gambling Act 2005

London            Government News Network
Government consults on transitional arrangements for Gambling Act

London            Daily Telegraph
888 plans to buy internet betting firm

Interactive Gaming Holdings Plc - IGH expands gaming offering with new suite of Orbis casino products

Australia            ABC News Online
Fed Govt called on to ban SMS gambling

Las Vegas            AP
Hooters Opens Vegas Casino Just Off Strip

Atlantic City            Yahoo/Business Wire
Poker Pro "The Grinder" Captures Borgata Winter Poker Open Title

London-based online gambling company turns to EU authorities - Sportingbet
Additional headlines...
Religious leaders opposed to gambling gather in capitol - Kentucky
Illegal Gambling Operation Raided - Men Busted Playing Poker - Virginia
Feds arrest 8 men, shut down alleged gambling ring - Illinois
Kong, and gamblers lose their hair - Malaysia, Shaven headed mahjong players.
The million-dollar gambler - Vietnam

2nd February
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
William Hill
Monarch Casino
Melco International
Hilton Group
Churchill Downs
Emperor Ent.
888 Holdings
Global Payment Tech
Aristocrat Leisure
Fluxx - Germany
Empire Resorts
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Las Vegas            Las Vegas Sun/AP
Hooters opens Las Vegas casino just off the Strip

Russia            Reuters
Blasts rock gaming halls in Russia's Caucasus - Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia.

London            Daily Telegraph
Ladbrokes stand-alone listing 'to go ahead'

British Provinces            Skegness Today & ThisisLancashire
Will town take casino gamble ? - Skegness
Casino on the cards ? - Preston

Detroit            Crains Business Detroit
Detroit casinos bring in $1.23 billion in revenue for 2005

Las Vegas            PRNewswire
Players Network to Cover Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas Grand Opening From Unique Perspective

Belgium            The Times
Gamblers battle against the odds to win £125m
Tickets for the 10x's rollover of the Euro-Millions lottery can be purchased in Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Genting Dismisses Scepticism On Marina Casino Resort Bid

Las Vegas            Yahoo/Business Wire
Harrah's License Company, IMG Form Alliance To Expand World Series of Poker(R) In The U.S. And Globally

London            Government News Network
Casino advisory panel publishes guidance and invites proposals for new casinos
The CAP are inviting applications from local authorities in Scotland, England and Wales for the 17 new casino licenses. Their final assessments will then be made with the emphasis on evidence and not marketing. - A selection of PDF files available for download

New Casinos For Kent - Invitation to local authorities

CYBERSCAN TECHNOLOGY, INC. - Contract Award and Notification of Results

London & Israel            Reuters
888 boosts poker revenues

London & Israel  
888 Holdings Public Limited Company - Trading Update and Q4 KPIs

Las Vegas            Bloomberg/Business Wire
Harrah's Customers to Scour the Strip for $1 Million*; Treasure

McCain Seeks Clarity on Indian Gaming Law

London            Yahoo UK/Reuters &
Hilton spurns interest in Ladbrokes
Hilton Group plc - Brief company update on press comment

Los Angeles            PRNewswire Introduces the Biggest V.I.P. Club in Poker History

Macau            Various Sources - 25th to 30th January
Low-cost carrier earmarked for Macau - Flight International
Low-cost Airline Set up in Macao - China Broadcast
New Macau Budget Airline Targets Asian Market - Yahoo Singapore/Dow Jones
Macau Air Express
Additional headlines...
Ex-Chinese bank managers, wives charged in Vegas in embezzlement
Bookies nurse losses over Google - IG Index
The Final Poker Battle at Borgata's 2006 Winter Poker Open
Report warns about moving Montreal's casino
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - Must see Vegas attractions. Poll results

1st February
Gaming Stocks Major Movers   Aus/Asia  Europe   U.S.
Melco Int.
888 Holdings
Global Cash Access
Emperor Ent.
Party Gaming
WMS Industries
Empire Resorts
Bet Internet
World Poker Tour
Links to quotes at Yahoo Finance

Las Vegas            L.A. Times
Shuffle Master, Inc. Announces Completion of Stargames Limited Acquisition
Shuffle Master, Inc. Provides Update on Filing Its Form 10-K for Fiscal 2005

Problem Gambling            L.A. Times
Drug Shows Promise in Curbing Compulsive Gambling, Study Says
Biotie Therapies
Somaxon Pharmaceuticals

Las Vegas            Business Wire
Global Cash Access Signs Carnival Cruise Lines to a Multi-Year Contract to Provide Credit Card and Debit Card Cash Advances to Carnival's Fleet

Reno, Nevada & The Bahamas            Yahoo/PRNewswire
Litigation Initiated Against Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. - Monarch - Kerzner

Belfast, Northern Ireland            The Hendon Mob - Mick McCloskey
Police Raid Belfast Card Club

Dublin, Ireland            PRWeb - Paddy Power PR
Ireland’s First €1 Million Poker Tournament - Dublin 14th to 17th April, 2006.

Macau            Hong Kong Standard
Bigger Asian banks cool on casino loan

Leeds            LeedsToday/Yorkshire Post
We're game for a new super casino - Leeds stakes claim for Las Vegas-style attraction

Liverpool   & 
Sportech plc announces launch of LittlewoodsBingo website
Littlewoods Gaming Launches Online Bingo Using Parlay Entertainment Technology

South Carolina            St. Petersburg
Grand jury indicts casino boat owners
The Stardancer Fleet was auctioned off in late 2003 the company at one time had 3 dayships operating out of Tarpon Springs, Port Richey and Madeira Beach.

Waukegan, Illinois            Reuters
WMS Industries quarterly profit doubles

New Zealand   & TVNZ
Drop in gambling licences
Gambling facilities decline further
The number of slots in New Zealand has declined from 25,221 in 2003 to 21,343 in December 2005. Slot venues are down from 2,122 to 1,747.

Las Vegas  
Hooters Hotel Opens in Las Vegas

China & Las Vegas            Channel News Asia & Las Vegas Review-Journal
China bank officials charged with stealing more than US$485m
Five indicted in scheme to defraud bank

Colorado            Canon City Daily Record
Amendment allows smokers to puff away in state casinos
Colorado may follow New Jersey in banning smoking in public places with the exception of the State's casino gaming floor's.

Ontario, Canada            Miami Herald/Bloomberg News
Study: Casino smoking ban may drive gamblers to U.S.
Additional headlines...
The Strip has its sights set on another 'Super' weekend
L.V. Advisor: Question of the Day - Poker ruling
Ex-Borgata Waitresses Sue Casino for $70M
Knife-weilding pair target Bookmakers - Gloucester
Police hunt for missing bookmaker - Manchester
Illegal Dice Game Ends in Murder - Tunica, Mississippi

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